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Will a Dishwasher Pod Actually Clean Your Washing Machine?

A group of dishwasher pods.
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There are cleaning hacks out there for just about everything, but the problem is not all of them actually work. When it comes to hacks for cleaning your appliances, you might want to be especially careful.

Cleaning your washing machine’s drum with a dishwasher pod has been recommended a lot online, but does it actually work? Turns out, this is one hack you’ll want to skip.

First, if you didn’t know you need to clean your washing machine, surprise! You need to clean your washing machine. There are two main areas that need to be cleaned: the drum and the rubber gasket. Popping a dishwasher pod into your drum and running a hot cycle has been cited as a good method for cleaning it. Turns out, though, it’ll likely backfire.

Jonathan Chan, senior lab operations manager at Reviewed, debunked this myth. Chan explained that dishwasher pods are designed to work at higher temperatures than most washing machines can achieve. When you place one in your machine, it can leave behind undissolved particles and cause even more residue to build up in your drum completely defeating the purpose of cleaning it. Plus, some dishwasher pods could cause a foamy overflow, and no one wants that.

Affresh Washing Machine Cleaner

These are the real pods you should be using.

Instead, you can opt for actual washing machine cleaning pods. Unlike dishwashing pods, they’re specifically designed to freshen up your washer. You simply pop one in and run a cycle. If, however, you prefer a more natural cleaning option, you can add 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup of water to your machine’s detergent container. Then, add two cups of vinegar to the drum and run a cycle.

While you might not be able to use a dishwasher pod for your washing machine, you just might want to look into how it could be beneficial in your bathroom.

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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »
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